Spring 2020

ENG-L 503, Teaching Literature in College

Course Dates: 1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020

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Course Description

This online course invites participants to reconsider a variety of critical perspectives on teaching contemporary fiction, poetry, and literary journalism from writers who have chosen to explore aspects of "the end" as a subject. We'll utilize a range of critical approaches to literary genre (i.e., horror), the shape of narrative, and recent explorations of conflict between the human and nonhuman worlds. To that "end," we'll read work by writers including Valeria Luiselli, Ling Ma, Richard Powers, and Colson Whitehead.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Learning Materials

Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends

Ling Ma,Severance

Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day

Sarah Moss, Ghost Wall

Richard Powers, The Overstory

Colson Whitehead, Zone One


37.5% - online discussion responses (15 weekly responses; 5 points apiece)
37.5% - short essays (3 five-page essays, one per section of course; 25 points apiece)
25% - final project (revised and developed from shorter essays; 50 points)